KERALA

Curriculum reforms meet resumes today

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: A special academic council meeting of Mahatma Gandhi University on May 26 will approve the curriculum reforms for introducing the credit-and-semester system for degree courses this academic year.

The university will implement the choice-based system for BA, B.Sc. and B.Com. courses. The first phase of the workshops for drafting the reforms for various academic programmes was held on May 14 and 15. The second phase will be held from Wednesday to Friday.

Rajan Varghese, Pro Vice-Chancellor, said the university would ensure that the system did not affect the workload of teachers in affiliated colleges. It would only change the pattern of the distribution of workload across departments.

UGC recommendation

He said the university had taken a cue from the University Grants Commission’s recommendation to switch to the credit-and-semester system at the earliest. The commission had said that it would review the financial assistance to universities failing to do so.

Faculty members attending the curriculum workshops discussed the changes proposed by the Inter-University Committee on Regulations for Restructured Undergraduate Courses.

Compulsory courses

The committee has said that there will six compulsory common courses — four English courses and two additional language courses. Students will have to choose four more common courses from eight options.

These eight courses are multidisciplinary. The common courses offered in a college will depend on the choice of students and the availability of teachers.

The credits for the core and complementary courses have been joined.

Accordingly, there will be 38 credits for common courses, 78 for core and complementary courses and four for open courses.

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